Auxiliares de conversación are in such a unique position to deliver interesting and engaging ESL lessons. Using this cheat sheet of the 15 most common pitfalls of boring English lessons will help ensure they don’t fall into these bad habits of dull EFL teaching!
Not “checking for understanding” may seem to speed things up in the classroom, but speeding through the chapters of your textbook in an attempt to “win” the curriculum race means nothing if you’re the only one who gets it. A key to successful language learning is to check for understanding quickly and often. Don’t teach something and wait for the exam to correct misconceptions. Teach it, and immediately see if your students understand.
This next part is awesome. Ask for a volunteer to incorrectly model how to follow the steps. Remember Julio? Get Julio up there front and center. Let him break all of the rules. Let him speak in Spanish. Let him take off his shoes, dormir una siesta, lo que sea--Julio will be so into this it’s not even funny. T